Where Do Car Names Come From?

In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Juliet tells her darling love “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” She is trying to convince her Romeo that names do not matter, only what things are. But when it comes to cars, names DO matter.

When automakers come up with a new model of vehicle, the name is a matter of great importance. Car companies often draw inspiration from animals, weather, space, and other natural wonders. But a lot of times, cars borrow their names from great American cities.

This got me wondering: what are some cars named after cities? Which US states are most popular for car names? The answer probably won’t surprise you: it’s California.

I put together this helpful map so you can see which parts of America inspire the names of our cars and trucks.

Can you think of any names that I missed? Post a comment below and let me know!

2 thoughts on “Where Do Car Names Come From?

  1. What about the GMC Sierra? I guess if rock formations count, then you might as well count the Canyon too, since I’m pretty sure I know which canyon they were thinking of.

  2. I realize it’s probably named after the bird and not the fine city, but the Pontiac Phoenix at least deserves a mention. Actually, while I’m stretching the rules a little bit I might as well point out the name Pontiac as well I guess.

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